Here’s What’s Happening at St. Peter’s

Fr. Richard DeBrasi’s
First Mass

Deacon Rich DeBrasi, who has spent the last year with us, will be ordained on Saturday, May 27th at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. 

Join us as we celebrate his Ordination at his first Mass on Sunday, May 28th at 12:30 PM, followed by a reception immediately after the Mass in the gym for Fr. Rich.  All are invited!

Confirmation Candidates:
Parish Picnic Sign Up

Confirmation Candidates:

Sign up for community service hours at the Parish Picnic, June 24 (setup) and June 25 (day of picnic):

Walk-In Supper
Help Needed

On, June 1 volunteers from our parish will cook (warm up purchased prepared food) and serve dinner for approximately 100 poor and/or homeless people from Bergen County at the shelter in Hackensack.

Help is needed for a variety of tasks. Information about the various jobs can be found on the parish website. In addition to adult volunteers, confirmation candidates and their parents are encouraged to participate. Some parishioners participate in this program as a family ministry.

If you can help, please sign up to volunteer here or call Linda McShane at 201-967-7349.

Green Team New Bridge
Landing Clean Up Day

New Bridge Landing Clean-Up Day
Saturday, June 3 – 8am to 11 am

On Saturday, June 3, Historic New Bridge Landing is having another clean-up day.  We invite environmentalists, Green Team friends, volunteers, gardeners and friends of this historic site in River Edge to once again help us to clear vines, invasive growth, rake the site, etc., to make the site ready for summer visitors.  We will begin at 8 am and finish by 11 am. 

This is a great opportunity for families to share a volunteer civic task with their children.  Come with “work” clothes, boots, and bring shovels, rakes, clippers.  The New Bridge Landing Commission welcomes you, thanks you, and looks forward to seeing you again!

Please click the link to sign up:

Last Meeting
Before Summer Break

The monthly meetings are held in the Parish Center after the 11:00 Mass.

The next meeting will take place on Sunday, June 11th, before breaking for the summer.

We typically try to hold the meetings on the Second Sunday of the month – unless there is a holiday. The group is really starting to take off. If you are a Senior who wants to participate in activities with others in your age group, come on by and see what we are all about!

Remember: Sunday meetings after the 11:00 mass — hope to see you there!

Next Evening of
Peace and Friendship

Come join us for a relaxed evening all about exploring God’s Word in community. We’ll read the upcoming Sunday Scripture, spend some time discussing, and finish the evening with conversation and friendship over Wine/Beer/Cheese/dessert… It’s a terrific opportunity for parish acquaintances to become friends, a place for ministries to network, an occasion for the peace of God to come into our lives. 

Next Gathering: Tuesday, June 13
7:30 PM – Parish Center

It’s open to all St. Peter’s parishioners & friends. You can come as often you wish… There’s no-commitment and nothing to join. Please RSVP and let us know you are coming so we can prepare.

May 9
June 13
July 11
Aug. 8

Sept. 12

Oct. 10

Advent Gatherings:
Nov. 14 & 28 

Dec. 5, 12 & 19

St. Peter’s Singles Support
Group Upcoming Trips

Check the St. Peter’s Singles Support Group website: for details on upcoming trips including:

Boston/Salem (there is a WAITING LIST)
Lancaster Show Trip and The Dutch Country

Call Kathy Marshall at ( 973) 246-6148 or contact her at for questions and reservations.

Holy Day

Holy Day of Obligation


Wednesday, May 24:
7:30 PM

Thursday, May 25:
8:00 and 11:30 AM

Annual Festival
Mass and Picnic


St. Peter’s Festival Mass and Picnic
Sunday, June 25 at Memorial Park

Mass: 12:30 (weather permitting)
Picnic: about 2:00-7:00 PM

You will not want to miss this annual event of fellowship, fun and food.

Rectory Office:
Summer Hours

Rectory Office Summer Hours
Beginning the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day

Mon-Thurs:  9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Saturday, Sunday:  9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Please note the shortened hours on Fridays if you need to secure keys for any event occurring on Friday evenings.

1st Grade Faith Formation
Parent Meeting for Sept.

Attention Parents of Children Entering 1st Grade in September 2017: There will be a new parent meeting on Monday, June 5 at 7pm in the St. Peter Academy School Meeting Room. You have all your questions answered, our offerings explained to you, and you will receive a registration form to enroll your child in faith formation classes. 

Please RSVP by calling the office at 201-265-6019 or by email at We look forward to journeying in faith together.

Bread for the World
Offering of Letters

Every year at this time, members of Congress concern themselves with the completion of the national budget for the following fiscal year. Past involvement by our parish and many other parishes nation-wide, has resulted in budgetary appropriations that have helped the more vulnerable and poorest members of our society. In other words, letters addressed to our congressional representatives have been heard. Nothing motivates an elected officeholder more than to hear directly from his or her constituents – whether by phone, fax, letters, or personal visits to their congressional offices. 

So again we ask you to participate in a national effort of prayer and action to let our Senators and Representatives know that we are concerned and interested in HOW they vote concerning the poor. This year our efforts concentrate on nutritional programs affecting children and pregnant women struggling with hunger and poverty. We ask Congress avoid proposed cuts to the McGovern-Dole food program, which feeds children in some of the world’s poorest countries. 

Valuable as are our actions in supporting this letter-writing campaign, we remind you that of greater importance is the knowledge that by taking the time to write a letter on behalf of the hungry and poor, you are responding to God’s injunction to care for the less fortunate.  Beginning with Genesis and culminating with the Acts of the Apostles, we are challenged to seek justice and to care and protect the poor and vulnerable.

Remember the dates – June 10 and 11 to add your voices and signatures to this appeal.

Thursday Evening
Prayer Opportunity

Prayer Opportunity Every Thursday Evening

Looking for a different way to pray? Join us every Thursday at 7:30 PM in the Chapel to pray Evening Prayer and break open the Sunday Gospel. All are welcome!! 

Materials are provided: One-time registration using the form below, or call the rectory (201) 261-3366 and leave a message for Deacon Ed Bowen to let him know you’re coming.

Statue of Mary

Praying with Mary (Cover Letter)

Two statues are available every week through the end of 2016.  Pick up a statue at the rectory on Sunday (between 9:00 and 12:00) to pray with Mary throughout the week, and return it the following Sunday.




Quick Links

Mass Schedule

On the Lord’s Day
5:30 PM

8:00, 9:30 and11:00 AM, 12:30 PM

A Senior Citizen Bus
runs for the 11:00 AM Mass

Monday to Friday:
8:00 and 11:30 AM

Saturday Morning:
9:00 AM

Holy Days of Obligation
7:30 PM Vigil (evening before)
8:00 and 11:30 AM
on Holy Day

Sacrament of

11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

Annual Appeal Logo

2017 Annual Appeal

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St. Peter's Youth Group

Every Sunday, 7:00 PM in the Youth Room

St. Peter's Singles Support Group

St. Peter’s Support Group for Separated, Divorced, Single and Widowed Adults
1st and 3rd Thursdays / month
7:30 PM
St. Peter Academy Meeting Room

All are welcome!

In addition to meetings and giving support when needed, we also travel both locally and internationally and socialize with activities during the week and weekends.
For more information and upcoming events, visit:

St. Peter's MOMS Group

MOMS Group
Weekly on Thursdays
September to June
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Casazza Center (in the Rectory)

All are welcome!

Project Linus

Crocheters and knitters meet weekly on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 12:00 January through early June in the Casazza Center which is in the basement of the rectory. We make afghans, which are donated through the local chapter of Project Linus to sick and needy babies. All who are interested are welcome.

Any question, email:

St. Peter's Quilters

The quilters meet weekly in the Parish Center on Tuesdays from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Fall and Spring (announced in the bulletin). All are welcome. We will find a job for everyone and will teach you our skills. The finished quilts are donated to the homeless teens at Covenant House in Newark. For more info call Marge Haggerty 201-262-0389 or email

Outside St. Peter’s

Police Reserves Needs Volunteers

Volunteers Needed to Join the River Edge Police Reserves

Make a difference; give us your time and talent!

The River Edge Police Department is currently seeking volunteers to join their dedicated team of Police Reserve officers.  The Police Reserves are civilian volunteers trained to support and contribute to the overall safety and protection of the community.  The Reserve force provides the department with extra manpower on a regular basis that can be deployed quickly for critical incidents and other emergency situations that require more officers than would otherwise be available. 

Applications to become an Officer in the River Edge Police Reserves are accepted year round and can be picked up in person at the River Edge Police Department Headquarters.

From Grief to Hope Support Group


Are you struggling with grief because of the death of a spouse, child, parent, relative or friend? Beginning Thursday, March 9th, 2017 at 7:30PM, Our Lady of Visitation Parish Bereavement Ministry will be offering a weekly program to help people understand grief, cope with it, and strengthen their hope. These sessions are open to all grieving people, their relatives, their friends, and those in the helping professions. The sessions are held year round in the comfortable surroundings of our parish rectory dining room, located at 234 Farview Avenue, Paramus, NJ.

Should you desire any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Deacon Peter Emr at the parish rectory at 201-261-6080.

Knights of Columbus Membership

The Knights of Columbus are inviting all Catholic gentlemen over the age of 18 to join our organization for promoting our guiding principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. The River Edge Knights serve the Parish of Saint Peters the Apostle and local community by volunteering their time and treasure in assisting the poor, disabled and disenfranchised, as well as programs for supporting our youth. Please contact Bob Garcia on: 201-262-7766, or via Email:, or on our website: for more information. We look forward to welcoming you!

LIONS Needed!

The River Edge Lions Club is in need of some new members due to a recent drop in enrollment (retirement, relocation, other obligations).  The Club does much to help the visually impaired, families in need, schools, scouts, recreation, and other community organizations as well as national and international causes.  “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.”  Please join in helping others.  The Lions meet at the River Edge Diner on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of September through June.  Please call Lorraine or Mike Blake at 201-967-1289 for more information.

Bergen Volunteers Needed

The Bergen Volunteer Center turns caring into meaningful action by engaging volunteers to meet community needs. We can provide your members with information about a multitude of choices for a rewarding volunteer experience.  Individual volunteer opportunities, group projects, family-friendly volunteering, student or school volunteer ideas—The Volunteer Center can help in choosing an activity that is a good match for a person’s talents, interests and availability. Our website ( lists hundreds of volunteer opportunities in and around Bergen County.


Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors

The Pastoral Care Department of Hackensack University Medical Center is in great need of Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors to bring Holy Communion and visit our patients. If you feel called to this wonderful ministry, to bring Jesus and your own presence into the rooms of the sick, please contact Rev. David Armstrong – Director, Pastoral Care, Hackensack University Medical Center, 30 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601 – 551-996-2345.

Life Source Hospice Seeks Volunteers

Life Source Hospice is seeking volunteers to be part of our elderly patients’ end-of-life care. Volunteers serve as friendly bedside visitors to patients throughout Bergen County and provide them with much appreciated companionship by sitting, listening and praying with them. Volunteers also provide support to family members.

Volunteers determine their own schedules and can visit on evenings and weekends. Most volunteers donate 2 hours a week of their time for a minimum of one year. Volunteers receive ongoing hospice training and support by experienced hospice professionals. For more information, please contact Life Source Hospice at #201-967-4313 or

Birthright: Help for New Moms Needed

Birthright of Bergen County, a crisis pregnancy center dedicated to encouraging and helping women choose life for their babies, is in need of volunteers to share their time and love for God’s miracle of life. Birthright provides community resources, clothes, diapers and financial help to women. Volunteers are needed in the office at 19 W Pleasant Ave, Maywood to greet, help and support mothers-to-be that come in or call in. If you have time and would like to volunteer, please call Mary Pat or Barbara at 201-845-4646.

Catholic Chaplaincy Volunteers Needed

The Catholic Chaplaincy at Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, needs volunteers to: transport long-term residents to and from hospital Masses, to be friendly visitors to those confined to bed or wheelchairs, and to set up and take down altar items for hospital Masses on Saturdays (3:30 PM) and Sundays (11:15 AM). If you are 18 years of age or older and wish to volunteer, please contact Fr. Edito Gamallo at 201-414-0522 or Fr. John Quill at 201-421-0009 for more information. God will reward you for your kindness.

St. Peter Academy News

Adopt a Student Fund

Give the Gift of a Catholic Education

A Catholic education is a powerful tool for any child’s future, but for some children it is not financially within reach of their family. This is where the parishioners of St. Peter’s Church can give the opportunity of Catholic schooling to a child at St. Peter Academy by making a donation to our school’s Adopt-a-Student Fund. Any donation, big or small, can make a tremendous difference in a child’s life. Please make checks out to St. Peter Academy – Adopt a Student Fund and mail to the school at 431 Fifth Avenue, River Edge, NJ 07661.


SCRIP Easy Fundraising

Just a reminder:  we are still selling Scrip gift cards in the gathering space after many masses with all proceeds going to St Peter Academy. A list of card and denominations is available at the Scrip table in the gathering space. Any cards we do not have we will be happy to order for you. 

For any questions you can reach out Scrip coordinator at

Senior Residence